Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2013

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A nice blend of smoke, pickle barrel, vanilla and sweet fruit with a bit of background cocoa, dirt and herbs. A bit simple with sweet wood and dark cherry fruit on the palate, good acids and well measured tannins. Turns a bit blocky and stiff on the backend with a lovely hint of bitter cocoa that cut through the sweetness and leads to a moderatly long finish with a bit of spicy and mineral. Really fine bottle of wine at this price. 87pts

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Dry Creek Vineyard:
The history of Dry Creek Vineyard is a long and colorful one. Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. Before his arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was little more than a few family farms and prune orchards. It was Dave’s vision to start a Loire Valley inspired winery that reintroduced consu... Read more
The history of Dry Creek Vineyard is a long and colorful one. Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. Before his arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was little more than a few family farms and prune orchards. It was Dave’s vision to start a Loire Valley inspired winery that reintroduced consumers to the wines of northern Sonoma County. Without a doubt, David Stare is a pioneer. Heading west in the late 1960s, Dave personified the character and work ethic of early Gold Rush pioneers. Educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dave worked for the B&O Railroad for several years but quickly realized that his true calling was in the wine industry. Inspired by his trips to the Loire Valley, Dave headed west to California to start his own family winery. Upon his arrival, Dave began taking winemaking classes at UC Davis as a graduate student. On the weekends, he spent time looking at vineyard land from Monterey to Mendocino. It was during one of those weekend trips that fate drew Dave to the Dry Creek Valley. When he saw an old prune orchard across the street from the Dry Creek General Store, Dave realized that he had found his dream location. He purchased the orchard and began planting vines. Captivated by his memories of Loire-style wines, Sauvignon Blanc seemed destined to figure prominently in the Dry Creek Vineyard portfolio. However, several famed vineyard specialists advised him against planting Sauvignon Blanc. Always defiant, Dave planted the varietal anyway and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, our second-generation family owned winery continues to evolve and grow to meet the demands of a global wine marketplace. The primary mission of our winery is to produce distinctive wines that over deliver on quality. For more than 30 years, this pursuit of winemaking excellence has lead to many international awards and accolades. With a loyal following of wine club members and customers, the future of Dry Creek Vineyard has never been brighter. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,082
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 03/11/2009

A nice blend of smoke, pickle barrel, vanilla and sweet fruit with a bit of background cocoa, dirt and herbs. A bit simple with sweet wood and dark cherry fruit on the palate, good acids and well measured tannins. Turns a bit blocky and stiff on the backend with a lovely hint of bitter cocoa that cut through the sweetness and leads to a moderatly long finish with a bit of spicy and mineral. Really fine bottle of wine at this price. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,082
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 12/22/2008

Oaky at first then turning really meaty and smoky with tobacco and tea notes to the dark, brooding fruit. This reveals both sweet ripe fruit and dried fruit notes with a deep mulberry jam tone. Gains a new nuance with each sniff revealing herbs, roast meats, baking spices, dates, cured meats, and a strong black tea top note. A bit matte up front, tight yet not chewy, really elegant and fresh with a suppleness to the wine that belies its power. Fresh and rich with ripe cabernet notes a bit beefy and very black cherry fruited. Nice finish that is really fruit driven yet with emerging complexity and subtle spice tone. This feels very natural yet is big and explosive in the mouth. There’s a lot to this wine. It can compete with wines selling for twice the price! 2011-2025 94pts.


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Snooth User: raindance
200154942
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 06/11/2014

Christmas 2013, Binny's. Very good, hard to find locally (read impossible), but easily found it in Chicago. I like low alcohol dry white's in spring/summer. Had this with country ribs on Easter Sunday, 2014, with my mother and brother in attendance. A keeper (bought a spare bottle), but it's up against my other mantra...so many wines so little time. The second battle disappeared when Mary got her thirst for summer deck wine back, after a hard winter of chasing down reds..


Snooth User: BRUNOHOEPERS
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2012 10/05/2013

This wonderfully crisp, incredibly refreshing dry Chenin Blanc perfectly represents our love for this classic grape variety. At first swirl, fragrant aromas of tropical stone fruits such as white peach, melon, and citrus leap from the glass. A few minutes in the glass reveal the wine’s signature mineral characters, and even some chalky notes, which are an ode to the variety’s Loire Valley roots. The palate expresses soft apple flavors along with zesty citrus and, overall, an excellent sense of balance and freshness. A perfect patio sipper, Chenin Blanc is summertime in a bottle! - Winemaker Comments


Snooth User: Andrew Luebke
130702781
3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 08/31/2013

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 09/23/2012

This is very south african in its approach. nice pina colada tones. great with shrimp cocktail!


Snooth User: RUS
119003272
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 01/19/2013

Nice Chenin Blanc, a good value.


Snooth User: mabell3368
68051618
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 05/17/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578085,596
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 01/03/2014

Very nice, simple sonoma cab. Slightly chalky with nice dark fruit, medium tannin and a bit of acidity. Not overly complex but easy on the palette and quite tasty.


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External Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc

External Review
Vintage: 2012 10/04/2012

Aromas of honeysuckle, banana, orange and tropical fruit with flavors of green apple, citrus and melon


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 07/13/2013

This wonderfully crisp, incredibly refreshing dry Chenin Blanc perfectly represents our love for this classic grape variety. At first swirl, fragrant aromas of tropical stone fruits such as white peach, melon, and citrus leap from the glass. A few minutes in the glass reveal the wine's signature mineral characters, and even some chalky notes, which are an ode to the variety's Loire Valley roots. The palate expresses soft apple flavors along with zesty citrus and, overall, an excellent sense of balance and freshness. A perfect patio sipper, Chenin Blanc is summertime in a bottle! - WinerypH: 3.59TA: 0.63g/100mLAlc: 12.5%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 12/17/2014

This wonderfully crisp, incredibly refreshing dry Chenin Blanc perfectly represents our love for this classic grape variety. At first swirl, fragrant aromas of tropical stone fruits such as white peach, melon, and citrus leap from the glass. A few minutes in the glass reveal the wine's signature mineral characters, and even some chalky notes, which are an ode to the variety's Loire Valley roots. The palate expresses soft apple flavors along with zesty citrus and, overall, an excellent sense of balance and freshness. A perfect patio sipper, Chenin Blanc is summertime in a bottle! - Winery pH: 3.59 TA: 0.63g/100mL Alc: 12.5%


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
Vintage: 2011 12/17/2014

Started back in the early 70's by David Stare, Dry Creek Vineyards is a pioneering winery in this region of Sonoma. Known back in the day for Zin and Sauvignon Blanc they quickly expanded their offerings to excellent Chardonnays and Cabernets. This 2011 Cab is sourced entirely form Dry Creek Valley. 83% Cabernet, 11% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, fermented 28 days in stainless steel the aged 18 months in French, American and Hungarian oak;30% new. Wine Review Online scored it 94 and it received a Platinum Medal and 94 in the Critics Challenge Wine Competition. They said "It's hardly a surprise that Dry Creek Vineyard should make a dynamite Cabernet at this price. It has long been among the best value wineries in California, consistently turning out wines of superior quality at prices that are modest by comparison to others in the same neighborhood. This one shows intense red fruit character, hints of spice and firm backbone. And it's going to be hard to beat the price with this sort of quality."


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 01/03/2013

Since our founding in 1972, we have produced a wonderfully crisp, incredibly refreshing dry Chenin Blanc. The 2011 vintage perfectly represents our love for this wonderful grape variety. Fragrant aromas of pineapple, white peach, melon and citrus leap from the glass. A few swirls reveal an underlying minerality, even some chalky notes, which are an ode to the variety's Loire Valley roots. The palate expresses soft apple characters, zesty citrus and a wonderful sense of balance and freshness. A perfect patio sipper, Chenin Blanc is summertime in a bottle! - WineryBLEND: 100% Chenin BlancAPPELLATION: ClarksburgHARVEST DATES: September 13, 2011ALCOHOL: 12.5%RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.6% (Dry)FERMENTATION: Stainless steel fermented at an average of 55˚F for approximately 30 dayspH: 3.53TA: 0.63g/100mLSOILS: Flat, sandy delta soilVINE AGE: 10 years on averageYIELD: 6-7 tons per acre


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 07/13/2013

Since our founding in 1972, we have produced a wonderfully crisp, incredibly refreshing dry Chenin Blanc. The 2011 vintage perfectly represents our love for this wonderful grape variety. Fragrant aromas of pineapple, white peach, melon and citrus leap from the glass. A few swirls reveal an underlying minerality, even some chalky notes, which are an ode to the variety's Loire Valley roots. The palate expresses soft apple characters, zesty citrus and a wonderful sense of balance and freshness. A perfect patio sipper, Chenin Blanc is summertime in a bottle! - WineryBLEND: 100% Chenin BlancAPPELLATION: ClarksburgHARVEST DATES: September 13, 2011ALCOHOL: 12.5%RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.6% (Dry)FERMENTATION: Stainless steel fermented at an average of 55˚F for approximately 30 dayspH: 3.53TA: 0.63g/100mLSOILS: Flat, sandy delta soilVINE AGE: 10 years on averageYIELD: 6-7 tons per acre ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 01/19/2012

Our winery is widely considered the North American expert of this wonderfully expressive grape. The 2010 Chenin Blanc is summertime in the bottle with whispers of honeysuckle, pineapple, white peach and honeydew melon. On the palate, the wine expresses soft apple notes, cantaloupe, and pineapple, happily mingling with underlying chalky minerality and freshly grated lemon zest that keeps this wine fresh and crisp. Completely delicious, the 2010 Chenin Blanc is just begging to be your summertime favorite! - WineryGrapes: 100% Chenin BlancAppellation: 100% Clarksburg (Sacramento Delta region)Harvest: September 18 - October 2, 2010Fermentation: Stainless steel fermented at an average of 55˚F for approximately 35 daysBarrel Aging: NoneAlcohol: 13.2%Total Acidity: 0.65g/100mlpH: 3.57Residual Sugar: 0.6% (Dry)Aging Potent...


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